Dogs hold a special place in our hearts. They comfort us when times are bad, make us laugh, and even get into things they shouldn’t. So, it’s only natural to treat them like a member of the family. Thanks to Oasis Dog Spa & Shoppe in Muhlenberg, man’s best friend not only has a place to be papered but also celebrate their big day.

With over 12 years’ experience in the dog grooming industry, Carlytta Camper, owner of Oasis Dog Spa & Shoppe, has always had a passion for dogs. Finally taking the leap to branch out on her own, Camper wanted to create a place where dogs could not only be pampered, but to feel relaxed and have fun. So, in March of 2016 Camper opened Oasis Dog Spa & Shoppe.

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Being a Southern California native, Camper found inspiration from the tranquility of the beach, which is the main theme of her store. “I’ve been grooming for so long starting my own business was the natural next step. I already knew what products and services I’d offer” said Camper.

Oasis offers a wide variety of services for dogs including: Bath packages, pedicures, aromatherapy and body treatments. Looking to provide her customers with more value Camper stocked the front of her grooming business with everything from dog treats, collars, and toys.

“Something I am emphatic about is supporting American made goods, especially hand made. Being an artist myself I appreciate good craftsmanship and wanted to support others in their crafts.” Said Camper.

With two years already under her belt as a small business owner, and her past grooming experience, Camper thought she’d seen it all. Celebrating her client’s dogs birthdays was always important, but that slowly changed as her clients began planning doggy birthday parties.

“I haven’t seen anyone in the area cater to dog birthdays, so when my customers started to request items for parties, I went looking for unique things to offer at my store.” said Camper.

What started out as a small whimsical section has now taken over an entire corner of her store. Camper now carries a wide variety of dog friendly edibles. Everything from cakes to birthday hats, edible birthday cards and cookies.

Camper says finding quality hand baked dog treats made in the USA was a challenge. After weeks of researching online, she finally found two businesses, one in Florida and another in Massachusetts that carried unique dog birthday treats.

“People are shocked when they see the selection, especially kids. Then you see the wheels turning, and I give them ideas on how to celebrate” said Camper.

Have a birthday coming up for your four-legged friends? You may want to visit Carlytta at her shop on Route 61 in Muhlenberg. www.oasisdogspa.com